We are outreach workers, social workers, project coordinators, nurses, building maintenance workers, and others working in the Downtown Eastside and services throughout the lower mainland.
We refuse to take part in the brutal displacement of the people we love and care for. We denounce the marketing of Sequel 138 condos to us DTES workers.
and We stand in solidarity with DTES residents and community groups. All of the services that exist here today are the result of grass roots activism and organizing and would not be here today if it was not for the people that live here. The displacement of DTES residents threatens the very foundations of these services that exist for and by the residents here.
Residents and community groups are in an overwhelmingly way saying that Sequel 138 would result “violent displacement”.
Gentrification compromises services and put them under increased stress.
-Increased policing and private security
– Compromises accessibility
– Zones of exclusion
Services are under increased stress as a result of gentrification. Struggling to provide housing and shelters and gentrification only makes it harder as upscaling and renovictions result in a loss of the affordable housing stock.
In the midst of trying to provide day to day services gentrification is yet another barrier.